As students come off of Spring Break, we thought it prudent to touch base about the spring and summer internship experiences. You will find frequently asked questions and answers below that addresses some of the concerns for all of our internship programs (international, stateside, and UPIC). The questions cover working remotely, mentor/intern correspondences, incomplete INT assignments, unfulfilled hours, and UPIC contact information.
Acknowledging that each internship site is unique, we do not intend to cancel any internship programs at this point. We ask that mentors consider incorporating interns into any continuity planning occurring in the office/company/organization.
At this time, interns should continue working off-site in the event an internship site requests employees to work remotely. We ask that mentors seek creative options with the student interns and develop duties that can be performed during a period of modified operations (training manuals and videos, significant projects that were previously on hold, reports and benchmarking, etc.).
Clemson University’s first priority is the health and well-being of students. As the host company of a Clemson student in one of the University’s experiential learning programs, we wanted to let you know the University has determined that students uncomfortable remaining in their current experiential learning assignments may discontinue participation and still receive full academic credit.
Students who are now working remotely on their assignments are being encouraged to continue through their previously established dates of completion. Students who are still reporting to their work sites have been encouraged to pursue one of the following options:
1. Request the opportunity to work remotely until the assignment is over or until government officials discontinue COVID-19 precautions
2. Continue following the on-site work schedule of their host company if the student feels safe and comfortable doing so
3. Make arrangements to discontinue the assignment and return home
If the possibility exists for your student to work remotely, we would ask this option be offered first. If remote work is not a possibility, please speak with your student at your earliest convenience to explain the available alternatives so decisions can be made expeditiously. Students who discontinue their assignments may still have bills to pay while no longer having income to meet those costs, so please be as flexible and understanding as possible.
In the event interns need to work remotely, please consider establishing a regular email routine, WebEx/Zoom check-ins, or Skype calls. Mentors and interns will still need to be aware of the work performed, intern/mentor expectations, and signature requirements for timesheets and other documentation.
The internship team has established a week-by-week prorated schedule for the semester identifying how many hours a student should have worked up until the termination date of the internship. As long as a student; (a) has met the threshold for that prorated schedule, (b) has completed the INT course assignments, and (c) can provide documentation from their mentor that the internship was terminated/concluded because of COVID-19 concerns, the student will receive a “Passing” grade.
Although our international internship program has been canceled for 2020, our UPIC (on-campus) and stateside internship programs are scheduled to run as regularly scheduled at this time.
The best way to contact us with questions about Off-campus internships or Off-campus INT classes (INT 1010, 1020, 1030, 2010, 2020, 2030, all sections of 8010) is via email. We will be checking email regularly between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please contact: email@example.com and Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org